Thanks to the power of the internet, so many people around the world can work wherever and whenever.
If you’re used to scouring the remote job boards, you’ll often see many job advertisements mention “work anywhere in the world” as part of the job description.
This new work phenomenon has allowed many people to travel while working or simply work from the comfort of their own home.
For many, that sounds like a dream come true. No longer will someone have to fight traffic, sit in a cubicle from 8-5 every day, deal with any annoying coworkers and always have a busy look whenever the boss comes walking around.
For others, it may be less than ideal. There is constant isolation, not a lot of human contact and the walls of your own home may feel like they’re collapsing inwards some days.
So no matter if you’re choosing to work from home for your career or you’ve been assigned to work remote, there are plenty of ways that you can make your home office the ideal workplace for you.
Keep it all Close
When you go about setting up your desk and workplace, make sure everything you need is always close by.
Your pens, notebooks, calendars, telephone, etc. is all within hands reach or at least just a quick chair swivel in one direction.
You don’t want to constantly be having to standing up, going in search of something you need only to end up distracted by the TV or some invented chore.
We have all received a sudden inspiration of cleaning when we should be working at one point or another.
The more things you have in arm’s reach means the more productive you’re going to be as well.
You don’t have to be the biggest clean freak in the world, but having everything close by is incredibly beneficial.
Consider an Upgrade
Working from home, chances are you’re going to be making constant use of the internet.
You need it for using Google Suite, sending tons of emails and the occasional video conference with a fellow employee or client.
You’re the one person who cannot afford, literally, to have the internet drop out randomly.
Speak with your internet provider and see what the best option for you is.
With fiber internet becoming cheaper and more reliable, it might be worth paying the extra amount every month.
If you have an office telephone, bundle those up as well.
Consider investing in a second monitor as well for your home workplace.
You might only be using a laptop, but having a second (bigger) screen is a great way to keep you from clicking back and forth between windows and tabs.
Even though you might have been stuck in a cubicle all day at a regular office, chances are you got outside to nature more than you realized.
The walk to and from the parking lot to your office, heading outside for lunch or taking a call outside.
At home, you don’t have to go anywhere, the kitchen is just a few feet away and no one will give you dirty looks if you’re taking a personal call.
See if you can situate your office in a way where you will receive direct sunlight or at the very least have a window you can look out from time to time.
If you’re boxed in, have a look at natural light lamps which give off the closest thing to sunlight possible.
After all, sunlight is proven to be beneficial for one’s health and well being.
One of the most vital parts of your home office is where you’re going to sit.
While you might be tempted to just grab an extra chair from the kitchen or that folding chair out of the garage, here is an idea: don’t do that.
Your health should be one of your top priorities and while sitting for eight hours a day is never recommended, you can invest in a solid chair.
The best office chairs can cost a pretty penny, but it’s not an expense you want to skimp out on.
If you’re not sure, head down to your local office goods store and try out all the chairs.
Find the best one for your height and build before making a purchase.
Look for an ergonomic chair with excellent back support, height options and reclining abilities.
Remember that you should always be looking slightly down at your monitor, having adequate support for your arms and elbows and feet placed firmly on the ground.
In addition, make sure you’re getting up to stretch your legs for a few minutes every hour.
It’ll help get the blood flowing (literally) and your muscles will thank you for it later.
Sharing an Office
For some people out there, you might be running a small business out of your home and have a few people working for you.
If you have a personal assistant, for example, you will want a service to help with your payroll and taxes when the time comes.
No one enjoys doing taxes and putting them off till the end is a great way to pile up some frustration and angst.
But if you’re sharing an office space, make sure you give them their own space where they can work effectively as well.
You may not have the ability to provide them their own desk and ergonomic chair, but putting them in a place where they can be productive means that you will also, in turn, become more productive.
Leave the Office
Our last tip for the perfect home office is…making sure you leave it once and awhile.
Even though you could and should have everything you need at the tip of your fingers, it will bold well for your psyche and general wellbeing if you head out of the office every now and then.
Go down to your local cafe or library and work a half day there (assuming you don’t have any important calls).
You don’t have to be a prisoner in your own office.
You don’t even have to work out of the office, but treat yourself every Friday to a slice of pizza from the place down the road.
Take the newspaper and give yourself a proper break once and awhile.
Just because you’re changing the way you work doesn’t mean you have to change everything about your work habits.